[Ecsa] [Nsa] Reminder: Call for 2016 Summer Colloquium Proposals

Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Tue Sep 1 11:58:35 MDT 2015

Call for Proposals from the NCAR Staff

ASP Summer Colloquium

Deadline: September 30, 201

 ASP invites proposals from the NCAR staff for the annual Summer Colloquium
topic for 201
. As you may know, ASP hosts a summer colloquium designed for graduate
students. We favor subjects that represent new or rapidly developing areas
or research for which good course material may not yet be available. The
colloquium brings together lecturers and graduate students for three weeks
at NCAR for classroom presentations and other forms of instruction and
interaction. ASP provides support for the costs of the meeting, typically
for about 25 student participants and up to 10 lecturers from the community
at large.  The number of supported participants and lecturers will vary
depending on travel expenses.

In recent years, ASP has supported an additional workshop during the second
week of the colloquium, known as the Researcher Colloquium (RC).  The
details of the RC are included at the bottom of this announcement.  No
funds are currently identified to support the Researcher Colloquium for
.  Those submitting a proposal may choose to include plans for a Researcher
Colloquium should internal or external funds be identified to support one.
However, including a Researcher Colloquium component is not required for a
successful proposal.

In recent years, the student colloquium has been three weeks in length.
However, funds are only available for a two-week colloquium in
.  ASP will work to identify additional funds to support a third week. ASP
will provide administrative support throughout the duration of the
colloquium regardless of its length.   Please focus your proposal on a
two-week colloquium, but also briefly summarize how you would extend your
plan to three weeks if funds are found to support and additional week.

Your proposal should be 2-3 pages in length. Colloquium proposals will be
evaluated based on the following criteria:

1. Identification of a colloquium topic that represents a suitable balance
of (a) established knowledge with numerous major questions ripe for
investigation; (b) breadth to interest students with diverse backgrounds
yet enough focus to allow adequate treatment in three weeks. While a
detailed agenda is not required, the proposal should contain a rough
outline of lecture topics, tutorials (if any), and the scope of student
projects.  The target student audience should be clearly identified.

2. Assembly of an appropriate group of organizers, led by at least one NCAR
staff member and consisting of at least one non-UCAR person.

3. Timeliness of the colloquium, both in terms of the science topic and
from the perspective of other recent or nearly concurrent workshops geared
toward students.  Past ASP colloquium topics may be found at

If you plan to include hands-on computer tutorials or interactive
exercises, please provide us with details about that tutorial such as what
type of computers will be required and who will be providing the systems
support for the tutorial.  Also, please let us know if any GAUS will be
required.  Please keep in mind that the colloquium is not meant to support
ongoing workshop activities; it must be a stand-alone event.

Feel free to contact me to discuss options with regard to tutorials.

The ASP typically schedules the Colloquium in June, but other times during
the summer may be considered subject to the availability of rooms.

To see a list of recent colloquia, please see

Questions and proposals should be referred to Paula Fisher, paulad at ucar.edu,

Paula Fisher

P.S. The purpose of the RC is for both senior and early-career scientists
to meet to discuss research challenges of the Colloquium topic, or perhaps
a sub-topic, and allow students to engage researchers in these discussions.
The specific goals for the RC are determined by the colloquium organizers,
but could include (a) strategizing collaborations necessary for progress,
perhaps in the context of large proposals; (b) planning a particular
program (e.g. model intercomparison, field project, etc.); or (c)
brainstorming complex problems to generate pathways of possible
investigation. The RC is meant to combine discussion and presentation with
a schedule that is more relaxed than that of a typical meeting. Colloquium
organizers may wish to appoint a subcommittee to organize the RC.  An
important objective for the RC is to effectively involve students while
still allowing them time to complete the student-colloquium requirements.
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